28 Sep 2018 | 09.17 am
Trinity College Planning Enterprise Tangent
‘Ideas workspace’ to boost innovation and enterprise
28 Sep 2018 | 09.17 am
The college says that the new initiative “will provide cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship education, startup acceleration programmes, innovation and entrepreneurship community events, and supports for fledgling to mature entrepreneurs all across Ireland and beyond”.
Tangent is supported by Bank of Ireland and will be located in the new Business School, now under construction on Pearse Street, which is due to open in May 2019. According to TCD, “Tangent is being specifically designed to foster the creation of ideas, with flexible workspaces and event space providing for co-working and innovation for all”.
The college wants it also to provide an interface between Trinity and the innovation ecosystem in the south city, “with a view to establishing Ireland as a thriving and mature startup ecosystem”.
TCD’s chief innovation officer Dr Diarmuid O’Brien said: “Innovation and entrepreneurship is critical for Ireland’s economic competitiveness. Our transformative learning environment will inspire and empower our students and graduates, to create new enterprises and businesses at the forefront of Europe’s innovation ecosystem.”
Examples of new programmes that Tangent will run include the first undergraduate certificate in innovation and entrepreneurship; a national roll-out of postgraduate courses; and pan-European early-stage business accelerator programmes.
The college is now offering an undergraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with educational and experiential opportunities to learn ‘ideation methodologies’ so that students can fulfil their entrepreneurial ambitions in tandem with their degree.
The regional postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is being promoted in collaboration with the Higher Education Authority, Bank of Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices, and Business Incubation Centres.
TCD’s Digital Health Validator Accelerator programme this year, which supported 10 European healthcare startups, will extend to 15 more early stage digital health ideas from across Europe when the new ideas workspace opens next year.